9,000-Year-Old Mask To Be Auctioned At Christie’s (Photo)

By on May 24, 2012 in Announcement, Archaelogy, Arts, Lifestyle, United States, World Comments
9,000-year-old mask
The 9,000 year-old mask
Credit: Christie’s

A 9,000-year-old mask will be auctioned at Christie’s this June, international news sites reported on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.

According to Christie’s as mentioned in the reports, the rare limestone mask is one of the earliest sculptural types to survive from antiquity.

“Only very few of these masks are known. All were found in the Judean desert, all were carved of limestone, and all represent the human skull,” Molly Morse Limmer, head of Christie’s Antiquities department in New York reportedly said.

The mask is described at Christie’s website as follows:

Fashioned to resemble a human skull, oval in form with thick walls, the reverse concave, the cut-out eyes with narrow ridges extending up from their outer corners over the temples, raised cheekbones below with a ridge extending back, the slender triangular nose with two grooves for the nostrils, the lipless oval mouth open, revealing teeth, with five biconical drill holes along the perimeter.

Reports said that the mask is being sold by a New York collector. It will be included in Christie’s antiquities sale in New York on June 8. It is expected to be sold for up to $600,000.

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